Research from Colliers Experiential Travel Series, Wellness, Spa and Medical Travel 2017, shows the UAE spa industry accounting for 14% of the MENA spa market.
The UAE spa industry is estimated to be valued at AED1.7 billion (USD$460 million), and is expected to top AED1.85 billion ($500 million) by 2020.
Dubai has more than 200 spas currently in operation, and is reported to have a further 25 new spas expected to open throughout 2017.
“The global wellness industry has witnessed incredible growth in recent years as more and more people incorporate healthy habits into holidays and corporate travel, with an increasing trend of travelers willing to commit their time and money to wellness proving to be a major driving force when making vacation decisions,” said Arabian Travel Market senior exhibition director Simon Press.
Colliers also revealed the Dubai hotel spa market continues to experience increasing demand with a 9% increase in the number of treatments sold daily in H1 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.